Tum’s Fast Relief 500 from MARTINSVILLE

My #5 driver has never been strong here, #2 Brad Keselowski. Brad has nine starts, no wins and just one Top 5. That single Top 5 came in this race last year. He is not only getting better here, but just about everywhere on the circuit. Brad is #4 hottest over the last six weeks.

My #4 pick is my #3 ranked short track driver, #20 Matt Kenseth. Matt has 29 starts, no wins, and just four Top 5’s. Matt has four straight Top 15’s and two of those were Top 5’s. Half of his Top 5’s have come in the last two and a half years.

My #3 pick is my #2 ranked short track driver, #15 Clint Bowyer. Clint is a very good short track driver and is looking to finish the year on an up note.  Three of his last four starts have been Top 5 finishes, and all of the last five were Top 10’s.


My #2 driver is tied for current winning-est driver here and has the Best Average Finish, #48 Jimmie Johnson.  Jimmie has 25 starts and 18 of those were Top 5’s. 15 of his last 18 races were Top 5’s. And Jimmie has eight wins in just 25 starts. He is out of the championship hunt but he is still looking for a win.

My #1 driver to watch is tied with Jimmie for current winning-est driver and has the #2 Best Average Finish, #24 Jeff Gordon. 17 of Jeff’s last 23 starts here were all Top 5’s. Jeff has 43 starts, eight wins and 27 Top 5’s. His last win was in the spring of last year. Jeff is also my #1 rated short track driver.

Monday look for our preview of the AAA 500 from Texas.